I was recently at work one evening, and a container of cookies from Trader Joe’s had been left out on the counter in a break room for anyone to try. Whoever was kind enough to leave it their for coworkers probably didn’t intend housekeeping staff to partake as well, but I couldn’t help myself. :0) A thin, bumpy wafer type cookie with dark chocolate looked quite appealing. I’d never seen this type of cookie before, but after my first crunchy bite I knew I had found my next love! Cookie love that is!
That night after I got home from work I went strait to the computer to see if I could find a recipe for Dark Chocolate Almond Laceys’. There were several for these types of cookies, also called ‘Florentines’. I checked one of my recipe books too, and there they were! Bonus~ there are delightful shape variations for the cookies that are very simple to make!
Chopped almonds and flour mixed in with a sugary buttery syrup (not unlike toffee), a little vanilla, a quick chill to solidify the dough and you’re ready to go! Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat are essential for this recipe!! Do not attempt without! These little cookies will stick like glue to anything but these. Trust me….
When they come out of the oven you MUST let them cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes until they set up a bit before removing them. Then if you act quickly, they are mold-able into any shape you can imagine. If they cool too much and become brittle, just pop them back in the oven for a minute or two.
These shapes I created with the top of my pepper grinder (roundish) and a wooden spoon handle. There are endless possibilities for these. The rolled ones could be a lovely addition to your morning coffee or tea. Or as a garnish for a banana split or a slice of pecan pie…
Imagine little Lacey ‘bowls’ filled with a scoop of homemade ice cream, or a summer fruit compote… Now that I think about it I should have been more prepared with these things to share in my photos… Hind sight is 20/20… anyway I hope you get the picture. I will be adding these to my Christmas cookie baking bonanza for sure. They are wonderful. Try them!